Pine Cone Park
At Evergreen School, Play is Natural
At Evergreen, we believe that outdoor play is essential for children’s social, emotional and physical development.
Play in a natural setting with plants, rocks, sand and bugs provides children with authentic ways to experience the world.
As part of the 2018 Strategic Plan, we recognized that the children of Evergreen need an outdoor playspace that meets the needs of children age 2-9. Our children deserve a safe and welcoming place that reflects our values. We are please to announce that Evergreen is moving forward with a comprehensive playground renovation this year!
Introducing Pine Cone Park
Safety, Exploration, Cooperative Play
Our new playspace, Pine Cone Park, was designed by Lauren Wheeler at Natural Resource Designs. It includes the following attributes:
It is a safe space that inspires creative, active play, with
areas of interest for toddlers through elementary, and
improved surfaces: lush turf, safe wood chips & sand areas. It is
natural and organic, and will
retain/improve beloved structures, replace worn ones. It will include
a new, open playhouse and pole shelter,
all-season accessibility, and cool shaded areas. It will be
low maintenance cost/sustainable with
effective storm water management
See the Pine Cone Park Video
“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.” -- Maria Montessori
When will the playground be completed?
Our goal is to begin phased construction in January 2020. Students would be able to use portions of the playground during construction. We hope to have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the complete project (or majority portion) at Spring Festival on May 16, 2020.
Who designed Pine Cone Park?
Evergreen engaged Lauren Wheeler from Natural Resource Design (NRD) to develop the playground plans. NRD has completed other playground projects similar to ours at Constitution Gardens in Gaithersburg and other DC-based charter schools. Lauren has extensive expereince designing playgrounds that meet nationally recognized safety standards.
A subcommittee of the Evergreen Board of Trustees Buildings and Grounds Committee comprised of Evergreen parents, Board members and administrators worked with Lauren throughout the process.
How much will Pine Cone Park cost?
The total project is projected to cost $250,000. Evergreen's goal is to raise at least $125,000 in a capital campaign called "The Campaign for Pine Cone Park" to support the project. The remaining portion will be paid from a strategic reserve account that the Board has set aside for the purpose of improving student experience in line with the goals of the 2018 Strategic Plan.
What are some of the key features of Pine Cone Park?
300% larger sand area
New open play cottages and animals
Larger, graded sports field
Group swing and swivelers
Built in hill-slide and log scramble
Bike/scooter path with signage
Peace Corner with musical instruments and Peace Pole
Planters for thornless blackberries and vegetables
Fall proof netting on Liotta Climbing structure
Safe path from parking lot and enhanced entry way
Drainage planters and storm water system of French drains
Landscape terracing for wood chip surface retention
Balance beams and split rail fence